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The third edition of multidisciplinary practice rmjm's guide to planning applications, by Henry Brown and Adrian Salt, aims to take readers step- by-step through the various procedures for obtaining planning permission. The last edition was published in 1990, and this one has been revised substantially to take account of new acts, statutory instruments and circulars, in particular the Planning and Compensation Act 1991, the General Development Procedures Order 1995 and the General Permitted Development Order 1995. it also includes the statutory forms which have to be served at various stages of an application, and a number of other useful model forms.

Planning Applications - The rmjm Guide is published by Blackwell Science at £37.50.


European law is increasingly affecting the construction industries of the member states of the European Union, and a book has been published to provide the construction profession with a reference source to European law, and the lawyer with an introduction explaining how eu law affects construction matters.

Called eu Law for the Construction Industry, it has separate chapters dealing with the four main areas: competition, public procurement, cross- border trade, and liability. There is particular emphasis on: construction cases before the European Court of Justice; partnering and trade associations; the Construction Products Directive; cdm and other health and safety regulations; and environmental protection. The book also deals with general principles, procedures and remedies in European law.

eu Law for the Construction Industry by Joseph Dalby is published by Blackwell Science at £39.50.


An Australian book aiming to make specification simpler was sent to the aj office by its publisher who had read a critical review of a British book on the subject on these pages. Specifying Buildings - a Guide to Best Practice, by John Gelder, has received positive reviews in its home country, with one reviewer describing it as 'a critical document for the practitioner' and as 'well-designed and easy to use. Side notes add depth and at times some wonderful and amusing perspectives on what is generally a sober topic.' But however well compiled it is, its relevance to UK readers can only be in terms of a general approach - all detail is specific to Australia.

Specifying Buildings - a Guide to Best Practice by John Gelder is published by Construction Information Systems Australia, tel 02 9923 1499, e-mail: natspec@sydney.dialix.oz.au


International law firm Richards Butler has set up a new unit, the Development Projects Unit, with lawyers experienced in planning, environment and construction work. Their aim is to identify and find solutions at an early stage in the identification and preparation of sites for development. As part of their services, the unit members are producing a newsletter for clients, Development Projects Bulletin, which summarises recent legal developments. The first issue talks about environmental legislation, the coming into force of Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, and about proposed changes to the planning system. Contact John Aylwin at Richards Butler, tel: 0171 247 6555.

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